Who We Are

The original Food Project was started in Ashland in January 2009 by a small group of Ashland residents who wanted make it easy for people to donate food to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. They realized that many of their neighbors wanted to help fight hunger in their community, but for one reason or another, never get around to it. So they created a simple, door-to-door food collection system to enable people to pitch in. Since then, the food project has grown to include Talent, Phoenix, Medford, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Roseburg, cities in California and around the country.

 We had three goals:

  1. To provide a regular supply of food to our hungry neighbors
  2. To create new neighborhood connections and strengthen our community
  3. To serve as a model for other communities

PFP volunteers canvassed their neighborhoods, knocking on doors and inviting neighbors to participate. Whenever people said “Yes,” the volunteers suggested that they buy just one extra nonperishable food item each week, and store it at home. The volunteers promised to stop by the donors' homes every two months, pick the food up, and take it directly to the food bank.

The Phoenix Food Project started with a core group of 7 volunteers picking up food in Phoenix. The first Phoenix pickup day in 2011, netted about 350 pounds of food. By August, 2012 more than 20 NCs in Phoenix picked up more than 12,000 pounds of food and household supplies from almost 200 donors.

Join us! Don’t wait for a neighbor to knock on your door. Get in touch and let us know you want to share food. We’ll bring you a green bag, and get you started right away!

2017 Pickup Dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 11th
  • Saturday, April 8th
  • Saturday, June 10th
  • Saturday, Aug. 12th
  • Saturday, Oct. 14th
  • Saturday, Dec. 9th

Most Needed Items:

  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Cooking Oil
  • Diapers – infant to adult sizes

Non-Perishable Food

  • Canned Meat, Tuna & Chicken
  • Canned Fruit & Fruit Cocktail
  • Pasta Sauce with meat
  • Brown & Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes & Tomato Sauce
  • Soy, Rice, Canned & Powdered Milk
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Side Dishes (Pasta, Rice, Hamburger Helper, Rice-a-Roni, etc.)

Especially for Seniors

  • Dried Fruits
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies

Non-Food Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Soap
  • Sanitary Supplies